I got baptized to learn the Bible better. Do some people get baptized to be saved?
Protestantism, historically, is the beginning of bible worship.
The premise is that THE BIBLE along with holy spirit is an infallible pathway to proximity with God.
This ignores all facts to the contrary; facts which are disparaged, hidden, warped and ignored by mainstream christianity.
I perfectly understand we would all love for there to be ONE INFALLIBLE SOURCE for perfect wisdom and truth. That would ease our effort.
However, it is illusory and even dangerous to make THE BIBLE that source.
Any honest investigation can't fail to convince us that this document was not tamper-proof. It is corrupt text. There is no provenance. There are no original documents in existence for comparison. The book is conflated error served up as nutrition for the soul.
My entire point concerning the Bible and BLACK and WHITE thinking is best illustrated by the astounding claim of its INERRANCY.
True, christendom's seminary's will only say that inerrancy applies to "original writings" rather than later copies. But, this is complete claptrap in view of the fact NO ORIGINALS EXIST anywhere.
Jehovah's Witness attempt to have it both ways. They point out with glee all the errors in christendom's doctrine by alluding to scripture. This completely ignores the fact that false doctrine is proof texted by the same scripture.
The argument is a Red herring! It is PRIVATE INTERPRETATION which is the bain of bible worshippers.
The bible, by itself, is worthless unless and until somebody with imagination interprets "meaning."
Catholic Church authority came from overshadowing "bible" and asserting MAGESTERIUM.
Governing Body of JW's virtually copy this entirely! They assert the bible is ONLY FOR ANOINTED and proceed to empower their own interpretation os CHANNELING a magesterium.
It is all puffery, stuff and nonsense.